The Chicago Cubs are hungry for pitching, but aren’t willing to lose a draft pick over that hunger.
Both Santana and Jimenez were offered qualifying deals from their respective teams when free agency broke, forcing any signing team to forfeit a first round pick. Understandably, that’s not something the Cubs are interested in doing:
In terms of a Plan B, a major-league source said the Cubs are not planning to go after Santana or Jimenez, two pitchers who would require draft-pick compensation. The Cubs already have their No. 4 overall pick protected, and it’s not just about preserving 2014 bonus-pool money.
As noted, the Cubs wouldn’t lose their upcoming pick due to protection rules but rather feel Santana and Jimenez aren’t worth any type of compensation regardless. And given both are still awaiting a contract while many of their counterparts have been signed, it appears fellow MLB teams feel the same way.